For years, Danny White has remained true to his Jersey Shore roots. White continues to play music that brings listeners back to the Shore's past. His sincere, groundbreaking slice of Americana continues
to help the Shore sound evolve towards the future.
His stylings have caught the attention of many both locally and nationally. He has shared the stage with the one and only Bruce Springsteen on many occasions and most recently worked with legendary engineer
Shelly Yakus. Yakus' name, reputation and musical fingerprints can be found on classic albums, which range from John Lennon's Imagine, The Band's Music From
Big Pink and U2's Rattle and Hum, to name a few.
This was an opportunity for White to have his album produced by someone who he said "made some of my favorite records that I grew up listening too."
Yakus, who also worked with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, prefers to keep the musicians he records involved during post-production, White said. This allows him to retain the artists' preferred sound.
"(Yakus) is just a real professional," White said. "You feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him."
Rather than release the CD with the usual shrink rap and case, White decided to go completely digital this time around. Using Apple's iTunes store sped up the album release process.
"We recorded (the album) and two weeks later it was on iTunes," White said. "Then, anyone who wants to, can get it anywhere in the world."
White's recording stint with Yakus and a group of studio musicians at Scullville Studios, Somers Point, NJ, was the first occasion where White made an album without his usual band.
He did, however, bring in Jim Long from his solo band on piano, aside from the session players who added pedal steel, bass and guitar.
Since hitting the Asbury Park music scene nearly a decade ago, White's style has differed from the bands he shared the stage with whose styles spanned genres that included heavy metal.
"We were never quite like any of the other bands on any of the bills," White said.
Musically, Asbury is more diverse than anywhere else in the country, he said.
Long first played Asbury's Stone Pony in 1986 during the birth of the alternative music scene.
"Asbury has always been a dichotomy," he said. "You could go to five different clubs and hear five different styles of music."
White has taken the various sounds of Asbury's past and present and intertwined them into his own, Long said.
"There's times when (White) touches my soul by hitting the old Southside sound and the old Bruce sound," Long said.
While other artists might take the safe route, White tests the musical waters, Long said.
White's music career began at the Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ, where an open mic was held on Sundays for about a year.
White met other Asbury artists such as Mole, Rachel and Bobby Strange at the Brighton, where he said a true music community existed.
Today, White remains a part of the Asbury community, where he played May's Wave Gathering. The event included more than 150 artists who performed at 18 venues throughout Asbury Park.
"It's a great package for the music fans who can pop in from club to club and all their bands are right in one area," White said. "You can hit the shops on Cookman (Ave., Asbury Park), too. It's a nice
During each weekend last summer, White brought his band of shore veterans to the Norwood Inn in Avon, NJ. The band provided a soundtrack to summer renters who repeatedly returned to its performances.
There, "on-the-fly" arrangements of White's songs included pedal steel and accordion.
Using a variety of different instruments increases a songwriter's abilities and nuance to their song arrangements, he said. It also opens up improvisational gates.
"It's like you have an orchestra up there," he said.
White has maintained the Shore music community at Beach Music Studios, Belmar, which he owns. The studio was created to allow musicians to go beyond the normal routine when creating riffs, beats and
songs. There, they can establish relationships and hone chops with others.
"It gives me a place to rehearse the band," White said. "Now, everything is right here."
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